Sanath Jayasuriya smashed a century from 78 balls to lead Sri Lanka to a seven-wicket win over New Zealand on Thursday in the first of five limited-overs cricket internationals.
Jayasuriya hit 12 fours and five sixes _ 78 runs from boundaries _ in an innings of 111, reaching his 23rd ODI century as Sri Lanka overtook New Zealand's 50-over total of 285 for eight with 10 overs to spare.
The left-handed opener shared a 201-run first wicket partnership in 24.1 overs with Upul Tharanga, who made 68, guiding Sri Lanka to the highest winning limited-overs total at McLean Park.
Sri Lanka finished 289 for three with captain Mahela Jayawardene making an unbeaten 34 and Kumar Sangakkara 36.
Jayasuriya took full advantage of McLean Park's short boundaries and one of New Zealand's weakest international bowling attacks, achieving a strike rate of more than 135. He hurled sixes over the short, square boundaries on the leg and off sides and onto the roof of the ground's lofty grandstands.
"I've been in a few run chases like that," Jayawardene said. "When Sanath's in that mood he can massacre attack. When he's going it's really tough for the bowlers and he's a genuine match-winner."
New Zealand's depleted attack could not contain the Sri Lankan openers. In the absence of Shane Bond and Kyle Mills, Michael Mason gave up 60 runs from six overs and Mark Gillespie 64 from nine.
James Franklin conceded 69 runs from 10 overs but claimed the wickets of Jayasuriya and Tharanga with successive balls in the 24th over.
New Zealand started positively, with Ross Taylor scoring his maiden ODI century as the keystone of the innings. Taylor came to the wicket when New Zealand was 18 for one after five overs and carried his bat for the remainder of the innings, reaching 128 and sharing a crucial 152-run second-wicket partnership with Nathan Astle, who made 83.
He batted almost three hours, faced 133 balls and hit 12 fours and four sixes.
Astle hit eight fours and two sixes in an innings which gave New Zealand early momentum but that subsided when he was run out by a deflection at the non-striker's end in the 29th over.
New Zealand quickly slumped from 169 for one to 229 for five and only Taylor kept the innings on course. His lack of support meant New Zealand fell well short of 300, which was necessary on an outstanding batting wicket.
"In the end 280 didn't justify how good the wicket was," New Zealand's stand-in captain Daniel Vettori said.
"Our bowling performance lacked experience. Sanath and Upul put them in charge right away and they never looked back."